ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Minor Tinsley, born on June 23, 1962, and passed away on February 28, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by RKM White on April 10, 2021
My dearest cousin, Minor, you were a true blessing to many. The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the many good memories. You were a great role model to me. I especially thank you for always expressing the importance of education. As I grew older and created my own family you always told me to focus on my family because that was most important in life. Minor had a contagious laugh. If he wasn’t telling me a joke, using a funny voice or impression, then his laugh just made me laugh. Every single time I remember seeing him, he was making me laugh. I’ll always remember that. My prayers and deepest love to my cousins Esther, Tori and Roli. Love you Mr. Porcupine.
-Kiendra White, M.Ed (1st Cousin)
Posted by Tori Tinsley on April 4, 2021
We could not have asked for a better father, a better teacher, or a better advisor, and we are forever indebted to God for giving us you as my daddy. If you were a great father, then we know God has to be the Greatest Father. You led your life seeking to embody the Scriptures manual of how to be a good father, and you did well. You loved God, you loved the Scriptures, and thus, you knew how to be the best father to us. We now have two fathers in heaven, one earthly and one heavenly, and we want nothing more in life than to please both and bring smiles to their faces.

You have left your imprint in the hearts of people you loved. We see aspects of you in our mom, in Mama, in Auntie Cindi, and in us. We know that even though we are without you, in a way, we still have you. You seem a million lightyears away, but we have to remember you’re not too far away from us.

We love you Daddy so much, there is no one in the world like you, and We hope to see you again.

Love your bigg gurl and little gurl
Posted by Tori Tinsley on April 4, 2021
To Daddy

Because of you, I now know what it means to not only love, but to love well. My fondest memory of you is a conglomeration of moments where you said three words: “I love you.” You said “I love you” to me every single day, accompanied with a warm engulfing hug or with a light kiss on the forehead or simply with loving eyes. You made me feel loved; you made me feel cherished; you made me feel safe; you made me feel like I was the most precious thing to you in the world. The words “I love you” were not just an expression to you, they carried momentous weight and truth because your actions were emblematic of your love for us. Your hugs, your kisses, your listening ear, your endearing nicknames for your loved ones “bigg-girl, little girl, baby, boo, wife, Roo” and your desire to spend quality time with the people you loved all were displayals of your immense love for each and everyone one us.

Because of you, I know how to live a good life. You showed me the importance of family, raised me up in the church, emphasized the value of education, taught me the power of prayer, advised me accordingly, encouraged me to be thankful even for the little things in life, brought fun into every aspect of my life, and fed me your words of wisdom. You always reminded me to cherish each and every moment of every day, being appreciative of each and every thing God has provided us. Such advice now has newfound meaning, and I hope to be like you, snapping photographic memories of life’s moments -- appreciating the beauty of creation in the San Diego landscape, admiring the way Roli’s whole face lights up when she has a good laugh, feeling the warmth of your wife’s caring embrace. A month ago you told me: “You are very fortunate to have God as your cloud by day and your star by night. In all things, find reasons for praise.” And so, I will.

Because of you, I know what true sacrifice is. You poured your all into raising my sister and I up. You sacrificed your everything to see our flourishing, the most selfless thing a parent could ever do. And you did it intentionally, willingly, happily, and lovingly. Not only will I always be thankful, but I yearn to do the same as you, because you were the ultimate giver.

I love you.
Posted by Olumide Olugbenle on April 3, 2021
He will be missed on this side on heaven but we are comforted he rests. Rest on till that day.
Posted by Sema Okoturo on April 2, 2021

As we have laid my Uncle Minor to rest today, I thank God for the Life he lived. A great man, indeed he was. Always full of life, radiating joy, happiness and only good vibes. So many fond childhood memories were shared in San Diego at his home where he was always so warm and accommodating of our huge family, cracking us up and barbecuing a storm. He shared the sweetest and model relationship with my dear aunty, they were a very loving couple, He was a great Dad to my cousins Tori & Roli. I pray and trust that God gives them, Aunty Cindy & Grandma the strength that they need to bear this, and indeed us all. We will not mourn like the unbelievers for we know uncle minor was a man of faith, upright & living to please God so we have the confidence that he is in a better place with our Heavenly Father.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Rest well my dear Uncle, you are loved and missed greatly.
Posted by Osahon Okoturo on April 2, 2021
I always thought of Uncle Minor as a good man. Most of my childhood holidays were spent in America and a good portion of that time was spent with my Aunt Esther and her family. I enjoyed my time with them and Uncle Minor always made me feel welcome and happy during my holidays. Even though we visited America a lot less in recent times, every time I saw Uncle Minor he always reminded me of the fun times I had when I’d visit. Even though we must all return to the earth one day, my heart still aches because it was too soon. Only God knows why, but I am sure Uncle Minor is in a better place. I know he will always be watching over his family and I know he will always be here in all of our hearts. Rest In Peace Uncle ❤️
Posted by dayo obey on April 2, 2021
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21

Our God in his infinite wisdom has called our dear uncle Minor home, I have peace knowing that your spirit is alive by the almighty power of God.

My dearest Aunty Esther and darling cousins, we love you so much and are praying that the master comforter fills your hearts with peace that surpasses all understanding. It is well with your souls.

Sleep well Uncle Minor, till we meet again.
Posted by yetunde okesanya on April 2, 2021
May your soul Rest In Peace. May God comfort your entire family.
Posted by Joel Omoragbon on April 2, 2021
Dr minor u live d world like a vapour that blows to d air sir u we surly be miss good bye
Posted by Alero Obey on April 2, 2021
This is so hard for me. How can I say Farewell or is it goodnight or goodbye to you Minor my dear brother, friend and confidant. You were such a good person.
A great ,loving, caring husband to my sister Esther. A fantastic super dad to your two beautiful children Tori and Roli. A caring loving Uncle to all your nieces and nephews. A loving and caring brother to all of us. A loving and caring son. What more can I say about Minor?

Is it his lovely smile that welcomes you when you see him. Who is going to say to me “the Okoturo sisters can cook” or “I’ll pick you up from the airport” he was always showing up.

I waited this long thinking of what to say/write about Minor but the words are just not coming out, it’s all in my heart and mind.
Minor I’m so happy i saw you in January 2020 and you got to see Ella, her “grandpa Minor” she loved you.

Minor Sleep on at the bosom of the Lord and keep watching over your wife, children, sisters, brothers, moms and friends.
Posted by La Be on April 1, 2021
We're lost for words....
Thinking of all the good times we all had at family gatherings for the holidays.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
Uncle Minor is loved and will be truly missed.
-Toya and Nay
Posted by Charlie Johnson on April 1, 2021
Minor, my nephew, I have known you all of your life. And I can truthfully say that you are one of God's special souls. Not only were you kind, considerate, and thoughtful, you were also consistent. In all of the years, I have known you, I have never observed you to exhibit anger at anyone or anything.  Minor, you were also unique. You chose not to follow a beaten path, but to make your own path. The purity of your soul allowed you to interact with people in a very personal and caring manner. Your positive energy flowed from you to the people around you - family, friends, colleagues, even strangers benefited from your presence. Everybody loved you!! Clearly God also loved you because he gave you this gift and you used it wisely. 
Minor, your physical presence may no longer be with us, but you have not left us. Your soul, your energy, your spirit will always be with each and every one of us who knew you. 

Roli, Tori, and Esther, Minor lives inside each of you. When you are sad and are missing his physical presence, just look in the mirror ........ he will be there.
Posted by Dare Obey-Fabiyi on April 2, 2021
Where do I really begin? My dearest uncle Minor, you were a good man with a heart of Gold, you leaving this earth is so you watch over all of us , you touched Lives and had lots of Love to Give, thanks for giving my Aunt Esther, Tori and Roli the best life. The host of heaven definitely has gotten another Angel.

It's till we meet again uncle.
Sleep well
Posted by Bose L on April 1, 2021
Dear Esther and family,
I am so sorry on the passing to glory of Minor. He was a gentle and caring man. I remember when he attended my birthday in LA, he was just smiling and so happy to see Esther’s friends. What a gentle man. Great father, husband and son. We surrender all into God’s hands. He is the author and the finisher of our souls. May God Almighty give us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May Minor’s memory on earth brings smile to your face. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May God comfort and strengthen family and friends he left behind. May God give the departed eternal rest. Minor, we love you, but God loves you more, sleep well, sleep well.
Posted by Lydia Khalil on April 2, 2021
Uncle Minor

What news! ‘But precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints’ Ps 116:15 and we know that our loss is Heaven’s gain, Phil 1:21. Your faith was exemplified by the way you lived, your love for God, your wife, daughters, mother, sister, and every member of the family as well as the people you came in contact with. We pray for God’s comfort for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Esther and the girls. Your legacy lives on! Till we meet again to part no more 1Thess 4:13-18
Posted by Shelley Williams on April 1, 2021
Dear Esther and family,
When I think of Minor, I think of how joyous he was every time I saw him. Truly a man who loved God and his family. I'll never forget how he was able to correct the pain in my back and was instrumental in my recovery and elimination of pain meds and muscle relaxants. I'm forever grateful to him. I pray that you will continue to cherish the times you had with him and knowing that he is in the presence of God will provide some comfort during the difficult times. Anytime you need a getaway, I'm here. 
Posted by Rosalind Brice on April 1, 2021
Dear Minor,

You were such a kind, loving, happy, genuine, proud husband and father. Words can not express how shocked I was to hear that you had been called home. I am so blessed to have known you and share so many special memories with you and Esther over the years. I will always cherish those memories forever. You were the only other person that called me shooshay besides Esther. You will be dearly missed.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Posted by Kristy Cadava on April 1, 2021
Minor and I worked together for over the last five years. His dedication to his work, patients and responsibilities were so treasured and appreciated. I sought him out to work at my office and am so glad he agreed.
He always had a smile on his face and genuine interest in other people.
In fact, I can still hear him say every morning, "Good morning all," and to every patient on Monday mornings, "Tell me what you did this weekend and don't leave anything out."

Minor was such a kind soul and would take time with people/patients to hear their stories and give advice, even outside of healthcare. One of the topics I often overheard him talking about with patients was family and being a good spouse.

Minor and I spoke often in between patients about his children and the way him and Esther were raising them. He would say they laid the foundation early for the girls and wanted them to be independent thinkers and kind people. He was a very proud father and husband. One of the last conversations we had about the girls was a question I asked about dating...well, his smile quickly changed to a furrowed eyebrow - then we laughed. Apparently, not in the cards currently in his mind. 

Minor and I would often attend the same seminars. I could always find him by looking for his black baseball cap he would always wear which would inevitably be pulled down over his eyes so he could sleep. Then Monday mornings I would ask him what he learned at the seminar and he would get that big smile on his face because he knew we all saw him sleeping. Again, we would laugh about it.  

Minor was part of my team. My colleague. My friend. 

I'm going to miss my friend. 

My deepest sympathies to Esther, Tori, Roli and family.
Posted by Eno Kadiri on April 1, 2021
My dearest Brother Minor,

I can scarcely believe that I am writing this. It had been many years since we had last seen each other but my abiding memory is of that summer I came with the children to San Diego, your house was the centre of all family connectivity. Such was your warmth and welcoming smile that we all felt that your house was our second home.

I am so blessed to have known you, to know you is to love you. From the day when you made my sister Esther the happiest woman in the world when we witnessed your wedding to the end you were a man of integrity, kindness and humility. May we all remember to embrace these same qualities every time we are reminded of you.

May the Lord continue to bless Esther, Tori & Roli and all of your family always! May he comfort and strengthen them all as they Lean on you and not on our own understanding because it is impossible for us to understand and make sense of this but we trust in the Lord to see us through. What you, Minor, have put in place for your family, the Lord will complete it in the Name of Jesus.

Rest in Peace my brother, until we meet again.
❤️
Posted by Ebisan Rewane on March 31, 2021
Dr Minor.

Former US President Barack Obama said: "When I think about the depth of the grave and the kilos of sand that are going to be thrown at us, there is no need to harm my brother; When I think of the darkness that pervades the tomb after it has closed, there is no need to hurt my sister; When I think of the heat driven back by the ground and the amount of water that will drown me during the rains in this grave, I cannot make my neighbor suffer; When I think that I will be alone abandoned by all, I prefer to enjoy communion when I am alive; When I think my relationships are cut off by my past, I want to perfect my future. If I could be reborn and start all over again, I would no longer make mistakes in my actions. After a long meditation, I understood that all is vanity on earth. May God help us to cultivate humility and love of neighbor, because vanity only gives vanity, everything will be vanity. Be happy and make someone happy.

I shared this quote with Minor only a few months ago in one of our numerous chats, we were sharing views on life in general and its many challenges and part of his response was and I quote;

" Wow! My brother, Great words to inspire thought. You are so right; or let me say, I totally agree with you. I know the circumstances have been tough. Each person has received their own distribution of challenge. We men can't talk, We suck it up, and keep going. You were a blessing to me. Like you said, we have loving wives who care - no doubt about that. We have children who we love. These are two things in life people spend their entire time trying to obtain. You and I are indeed Blessed".

This was typical Minor, thoughtful, humble, generous in mind and spirit, ever forgiving and always understanding. Minor my brother! The news of your passing  made me so sad, it still continues to sadden me but God is in control and is indeed in charge. What  a wonderfully warm, positive and thoughtful guy.  He came to spend time with us in Nigeria with such a wonderfully positive spirit and we spent so much time just sitting, talking, laughing, pseudo philosophising, there was no subject that was  off limits or not discussed, the personal , temporal, spiritual and philosophical and the underlying themes always reflected Minor’s humility, spirituality and positivity.  He never lost faith in his “ brothers” and  he was so proud of his “ African” origins, he never felt deterred or negatively impacted. He was indeed a wonderful and very special person.

My heart goes out to my sister, Esther and our darlings Tori and Roli. May God give all of you the fortitude and strength to bear this loss.
My brother, Minor, i will miss you deeply.  Rest in perfect peace, my brother. You were indeed a blessing to all of us.




Sent from my Galaxy

Posted by Dr. Dechez Edmonds on March 31, 2021
Don't spend too much
time in mourning.
Tears are for the sad.

I left to be with Jesus, and
this should make you glad.

Don't waste your
hours in grieving.
No need to feel distress.
I'm tired of life's frustrations,
and had to get some rest.

Don't vex yourself with
questions, or try to reason why.
Life here for me was ended;
it came my time to die.

Don't lose the love I gave you;
feed it with your care.
Grow it with devotion and
spread it everywhere.

Don't fret because my leaving
came in such a way.
We'll have another meeting,
in God's Eternal Day!


By :Katie Evans
Posted by Temi Rewane on March 31, 2021
I don’t even know where to begin. Writing this was so hard because this is not something any of us could have ever anticipated and it doesn’t make sense. It still feels like a dream.

Uncle Minor, you seemed like a constant part of my life and now you’re gone. I don’t know how to reconcile that because it doesnt make any sense, so I won’t try to make sense of it because what good will that do?

Uncle Minor??? We thought you’d be here forever.

I can still remember your familiar scent, the lovely barbecue and the breakfast you’d make for Tori, Roli, Aby and I whenever we were around. Even when I was a vegetarian, I would still be tempted by the thought of one of your meals - especially the barbecue! I can’t believe I’ll never taste that again. I remember how you had marshmallows in the garage and you would make rice krispy treats. The day before Aby and I got the news of your passing, I made rice krispy treats and Aby and I talked about the fact that yours were still the best we’d ever had.

I’m going to miss you so much Uncle and your joyful presence. All your funny jokes, the photos and the thoughtful words. The message you sent me on my birthday was so special and I will always cherish it. I will miss you so much.

I’m so sorry Aunty Esther, Roli and Tori. I’m so sorry Aunty Cindy and I’m so sorry Grandma Tinsley. This is a huge loss to bear but we will all bear it with you, cherish you and support you and send you comforting thoughts, even if it’s from far away.

I hope you can find comfort in the words that have been shared, the idea that he lives with you and is looking out for you. I hope you can find a way to live for him so you’re never without him, even if its difficult.

It doesnt make sense. at all. and I’m so sorry.

Lots of love,

Temi
Posted by Dr. Dechez Edmonds on March 31, 2021
First, I would like to give a honor to God for allowing us to know Dr. Minor Tinsley. I first met Minor in October 1993 at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Minor, me, and 3 other black students started Palmer College in October 1993. We were the largest group of black students to start Palmer College. That’s right the 5 of us. There was a total of 250 students in own class. Minor made it his mission to get to know each one of our classmates. He greeted everyone with his wonderful smile. He made everyone feel special. 

Minor had a love for life. He ALWAYS put Jesus first! I never heard Minor cursed (use bad words). He instead would say “fudge.” Minor made me to become a pool player. Minor loved to think and pool is a thinking game. We spent many, many, many hours playing pool. While playing pool, we met many people. Most of them were from Davenport. When I go back to Davenport and/or talk to people from Davenport, EVERYONE ask about Minor.

Dr. Minor Tinsley left a huge footprint on this earth. He has made thousands of people lives better. It is a honor to call Minor my friend. However, it is a greater honor that Minor called me his friend. I will miss you dearly, my brother.
To Minor’s mother, Mrs. Anne Tinsley, his wife, Mrs. Esther Tinsley, his daughters Tori and Roli, his sister Cindi, and his extended family and friends, may God comfort you during this difficult time. Also, as a honor to Minor, greet everyone with a wonderful smile.
Posted by Richard Okoturo on March 31, 2021
❤ REST IN PEACE MY BRO. ❤

Death can never take a good man away, for, in the hearts of loved one, his soul continuous throughout generations.


MY BROTHER MINOR, I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I WILL MISS YOU.

May you find rest and may we all see you again.


To HIS wife MY sister Esther,

Words no matter how kind can’t mend your heartache. However, those of us who care for you wish you comfort and peace of mind.

Losing someone we love is never easy, but we must be thankful for, the beautiful moments and memories we shared with them.

At this trying period in your life, I pray that God will grant you the serenity and peace that you need to get through this and that may the fond memories of your husband Minor bring you comfort during this hard time in your life.


To HIS Children MY LOVELY nieces TORI and ROLI;

I wish I could be there with you guys to honor your dad. "He was a great man, he is my brother.”

Your dad lived for the two of you and he was so proud and loved you guys very much. I hope this comforts you both as you deal with his loss.

He Lives on in the two of you. The lessons your were taught, the love he gave, the way he cared for people…all those good things live on in you guys.

May God give you both comfort. May He wrap His arms around the two of you and give you both peace and hope. May He fill each of you with strength, and may you both feel His love.

Remember, you guys are not alone and be gentle with yourself, and take all the time you need to heal.
Every time you miss him, search in your heart, there you can feel him, be with him and embrace him. Though he is physically gone, the life he lived and the memories you shared remains. You should both have faith and be strong. I on the other hand will always treasure the fun memories I have with your Dad.


To HIS sister (MY sister) Cindy and mother Mrs Tinsley,

There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss, may you both find comfort in the loving memories you shared while he was alive. Accept my condolence.


MY BROTHER DR MINOR TINSLEY IS A GREAT MAN, HUSBAND, FATHER AND FRIEND TO MANY, HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Into your hands o Lord our God we COMMIT our brothers spirit. Psalm 31:5.

REST IN PERFECT PEACE MY BRO.

IJMN - AMEN.

❤ Away. Your brother and Sister.
Richard and Irma Okoturo.
Posted by E. Oyekan on March 30, 2021
Dearest Esther, Tori, and Roli,

Our deepest condolences ♥️. We thank God for the love, hope, and strength He has surrounded you with during this time, knowing that our dearest Brother Minor is now resting with Him.
Our Father In Heaven wants us all to Know that:
Minor was going to live (on earth) or going to live (in heaven)
Either he was going to be with family (on earth) or going to be with family (in heaven)
Either he was going to be well taken care of (on earth) or going to be well taken care of (in heaven)
 
So, let us trust in God with all our hearts and continue to lean on Him during these times, knowing that our Brother Minor now lives in VICTORY with Him. RIP Brother Minor.

Our love always - The Oyekans and Sijuwades♥️
Posted by Laura Fitzpatrick on March 30, 2021
Destiny allowed our paths to cross through Minor Tinsley's interest in continuing his education, and as the Multicultural Admissions Representative for Palmer College of Chiropractic at that time, it was my responsibility to keep in contact through the Admissions process to Matriculation. With each call Minor responded ever-so gleefully when he answered my call, and in addition to the Admissions process, he had many questions about what his life would be like in such a culturally deprived state as Iowa—and the harshness of our Winter of which he was completely unfamiliar coming from San Diego. Thankfully, I was able to calm his concerns as I answered his every question. Then with his Letter of Acceptance Minor came for our Campus Visit and he was completely sold! He couldn't wait to get here. His concern for housing was taken care of since I had a report with property owners who only rented to Palmer students. Minor's building was just across the street from the Campus and he loved his new home. Once classes began and throughout the course of study, he laid aside all folly since the curriculum was crushing. Then the season changed, and the bitter cold winds of his first Iowa Winter came—and then the snow and IT TOTALLY BLEW HIS MIND! I'll never forget Minor's reaction—for one never walks slowly when “The Hawk is kicking!”

Throughout Minor's stay in Iowa, as he kept on top of his studies, he cultivated friendships not only with classmates, but with local residents as well. Even now when I am out-and-around, there are still those who ask about Minor, for not only was he liked, he is still held with high regard, and the vibrancy of Minor's personality has not been forgotten. Then there were occasions when the group of students Minor hung with would socialize—and party, and when I could I joined them. Minor often said he intended to “Squeeze every once of happiness from his time in Iowa” for he was young and eyes full of vision. He knew that he was blessed with opportunity and he sought to honor it in everything he did. In justifying his statement he would then say “When it’s over, I'll know that I kept my vow, and I stopped to smelled the flowers along the way—I have no regrets.” In my reflection, Minor knew he was living a dream, an adventure where he spread his wings! How beautiful It was to share that experience. When Minor graduated, he said his goodbyes knowing he was boldly heading towards a more promising future, and that he would never return.

Minor Tinsley was like a beautiful flower, plucked from his life back home, and the gentle breeze of God's love brought him here to his Palmer family. But now his wings have grown strong, and as he always knew, that they would fly him away to a Heavenly Home! And so knowing God's love, take your rest Minor Tinsley and know that even though the stories are too many to tell, we love you and miss you as well.

To the family of one as dear as Minor Tinsley, I offer my deepest condolence for I know your pain is great. May God's tender love comfort you in your time of grief. AMEN

Please click the link below for it contains a message that Minor Tinsley, Doctor of Chiropractic, truly lived.

Sincerely,
Laura Fitzpatrick

https://youtu.be/970fSDr8gjo
Posted by Tel Gillis on March 30, 2021
It was extremely shocking to hear this piece of news; you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you did. God bless you and family now, always and forever.
Posted by Mollee Damtew on March 29, 2021
I am so sorry for this loss, Ester has been a long time friend and I know of how great of a husband and father Minor was. I will continue to pray for the family and please know I will always be there to support you. Love always, Mollee Damtew
Posted by Enitan Rewane on March 29, 2021
A tribute to my big brother, Dr Minor Tinsley❤️❤️

Minor’s death is a monumental loss. I cannot put into words how hard it was for me to write this tribute... it was a struggle. I had to remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Minor was a blessing not only to my precious sister, Esther and their beautiful daughters, (Tori & Roli) but to me and many others. His death is incredibly painful and shocking.

Minor had a lot of admirable qualities. He was intentional and deliberate in the way he lived his life. Without a doubt his lifestyle was indeed his pulpit. He lived his life to please God above all others. He was a man that loved God first and family second. A man of genuine faith, simplicity and class ... a real gentleman.

He was a good guy. Doing good was something he did freely and easily. He was honest, true, kind, loving, peaceful, patient, hardworking, focused, intelligent, well accomplished and accommodating of others. He was also very respectful irrespective of age or status, he was handsome and full of humility.

He was naturally warm, full of life and positive energy, which instantly drew people to him. His smile was as bright as the sun. His laughter was infectious and his conversations were always filled with nuggets of wisdom. Minor’s ability to accommodate others and make them feel comfortable around him was another one of his endearing personality.

Minor made my sister very happy in marriage. He was a fantastic husband and father. He was a great son and brother. He brought us all a lot happiness. I will never forget Minor, he will be sorely missed.

Minor knew how to live and embrace every moment. He lived his life ready. He is in God’s hands…indeed we all are.. He is now an Angel in heaven who we will always love, watching Esther, Tori, Roli, his Mum, Cindy and the rest of us from above.

Minor has fought the good fight, he has finished the race and he has kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to him on that Day, and not only to Minor but also to all who eagerly look forward to the return of Jesus. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)


I take solace in the fact that as a believer in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Minor is with Christ who gives and takes, resting from his labour, for his good deeds have surely followed him. (Revelation 14:13).

Minor’s life was a blessing, thankfully “love leaves a memory no one can steal” and so Minor lives daily in my heart and I will treasure his memory forever.
Posted by Godwin Segbefia on March 29, 2021
Minor, The Mighty one. You fought the good fight, You finished the race and you kept the faith. Being human, I can't help but feel the pain and sadness. Because you left such an indelible effect on me. The Mighty chef, The Mighty husband, The Mighty father, The Mighty friend, The Mighty Doctor, The Mighty Godly and family man. I take solace in the fact that you are in the bosom of the Almighty God and your spirit will live on in the precious memories you left for us. Another competitive pool player in heaven, watch out God....God will Protect and Bless your family. Rest in Perfect Peace.
Posted by steven Brodbeck on March 29, 2021
Minor was a light in our world. I never saw him without a smile. A gentle soul who always had a kind word for everyone. We miss him.
Posted by Oladipo Kalejaiye on March 28, 2021
Young David endeared himself to all and exerted such godly influence in King Saul's palace. He was going to be permanently absent from the palace and Jonathan said of him In 1 Sam 20:18 "Tomorrow is the New Moon Feast. and thou shall be missed because thy seat will be empty".

As our beloved Minor has departed this world, we doubtlessly can say that he will surely be missed because his seat will be empty: his seat as a Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Friend etc etc will be empty and he will surely be greatly missed.

We were honored to join Minor and Esther in holy matrimony. They had to go through pre-marital counseling with us prior to the wedding. He was such a gentleman! His answers to questions reflected the heart of a God-fearing young man who understood God’s perspective on life & marriage. We were left in no doubt that he would take care of his wife and children and It was my joy to join him to Esther.

His genuine smiles and soft voice will surely be missed. We are comforted by the fact that he is now beholding the face of our Savior and walking on the streets of gold. He has entered into his eternal rest where there will be no more pain, sorrow or tears. Our deepest condolences to Esther, the children and the extended family members.

Minor, continue to rest in the bosom of your Savior till we meet to part no more.

Drs Oladipo & Nonyelum Kalejaiye
Senior Pastors, International Christian Center, Los Angeles
Posted by Rachel Okoturoh on March 28, 2021
Uncle Minor was and will remain a pillar to this family and the extended network of people he touched throughout his life. We all have known him to be a man of faith, family, virtue, and one who always had the most poignant insight to impart through his timely, fitting advice.

All of us remain devastated by his sudden passing, but will carry him with us in our hearts and minds, and by sheltering Auntie Esther, Tori and Roli with all of the love and support they need for the rest of their days.

Although we all stand burdened by grief at the loss of Uncle Minor from our lives, we also stand together in thankfulness that he was...that we knew him and were bettered by his immeasurable contributions to our lives.

God blessed us with his life, and needed to take him away too soon, much to our disbelief and lack of understanding, but we will remain a testament to the life he lived and the man he was. Uncle Minor, we will miss you so much!
Posted by Kitty Seng on March 28, 2021
What a loss. I was a classmate with Minor at Palmer College & he was so much fun! He will truly be missed! He had a such big heart & smile. I was blessed to have known him. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. So sorry for your loss. 
Posted by Eugene Okoturoh on March 27, 2021
Hi Uncle Minor!

I've never known anyone who had carried the perfect blend of wisdom, warmth, humility, wit, charisma, & spiritual discernment than you!

You've always taken the time to mentor me about life, education, & God's Love while also setting an example of how to be a Great Father, Husband, & Man in today's society.

My brother's and I watched how you interacted with everyone you came in contact with like apprentices watching a master in his element, you lit up every room you entered! We took notes, we are INSPIRED!

I will impart your wisdom onto my children as you did for me and your legacy will live on for generations to come through us all.

I miss you Uncle!

Until we meet again. Love always!

Your Nephew

Gene Okoturoh
Posted by Joseph Okoturoh on March 26, 2021
Uncle Minor,

You have always been such an amazing mentor and Godly fearing man. I've loved being able to just sit with you and listen to your stories and advice. I've always just sat there and absorbed it like a sponge. I've struggled to find the words to capture what's on my mind and heart when it comes to you.

First, I thank Jesus that we've all had the honor to be blessed by your positive presence, your infectious joy, and your genuine love for your family. Thank you for pouring your understanding and guidance into me whenever we saw or spoke to one another.

You've always lived your life with such appreciation. I'm still learning from you about how to be present in the moments of life. Thank you for being a such a great example of what a real man, father, and husband is. I promise to put into application what you've taught me about life. I am broken for my amazing auntie and cousins. I don't understand the purpose of you leaving so abruptly and so soon, but I've learned to lean on God over my own limited understanding of things.

I know you loved the teaching and application of the Old Testament in the Bible. I'm blessed that we've had so many discussions about God's Word together. So I went to the Old Testament to find a perspective that God would honor in dealing with responding to life's circumstances. HE took me to Psalm 73:26

"My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Despite the tears shed and the pain we all feel I know the truth of this Scripture is real. As weak as I am in my grief I know that God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!

Uncle, I can't wait to see you and talk to you again. We will continue pouring our love into Auntie Esther, Roli, and Tori and will be there for them.

Love you, Uncle!

Your Nephew

Joe Okoturoh
Posted by Nicole Okoturoh on March 26, 2021
Dede and I share many life parallels with Uncle Minor and Auntie Esther. Together they exemplify what a God - fearing , loving couple represent . Uncle Minor will forever be remembered as the most loving, dedicated husband you will ever meet and boy could he hold a conversation ! He never missed an opportunity to share family videos, photos and the Motown 25th anniversary video! Every lesson that he taught and advice he gave will forever remain in my heart as words of wisdom to be cherished . My spirit is at peace knowing that he left Auntie Esther, Tori and Roli with a strong foundation to stand on and hearts so full of love that they will never question his love for them as he remains smiling down on all of us .
Posted by Lauren Hamm on March 26, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Minor and I were classmates at Palmer College. I considered him a friend. Such a sweet man. All my love and prayers to his family.
Posted by Larry Herring on March 26, 2021
We are all very sadden by this great loss. Dr. Tinsley was a wonderful person. He was always so proud of his wife and girls. I knew him professionally for over 20 years. He was a caring skilled Doctor. His spirit was so positive. I was proud to have Minor as a friend.

“Oh God, full of compassion, who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Divine Presence, in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure … Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter him with the cover of His wings forever, and bind his soul in the bond of life. The Lord is his heritage, may he rest in his resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.”
Posted by Kelan Ritchie on March 26, 2021
Completely heartbroken to learn of Dr. Tinsley's passing. God bless his family and close friends.
Posted by Owen Okoturo on March 26, 2021
Minor came,saw and conquered.
I am inclined to think that it is natural to feel as gutted as we do by the sudden and painful passing of our brother but one can take comfort in who and what he represented in his short sojourn on this earth.A medical professional,a beloved husband,father,son and brother,he lived a life of dedicated commitment in all these areas and more.he was a highly principled individual who walked his talk,no hypocrite ,what you saw was what you got. He was soft spoken but firm in his dealings with all,He was a true believer christian man who ran a tight ship christian home.
A good and caring host who despite his busy schedule would always make sure family barbecues were part of our summer holidays when we would visit America,minors ribs ,for he held sway at the grill,was legendary.
some people die and you are saddened because they didn’t have Christ but we are comforted this day because we know that he has gone to be with our lord Jesus,this is our hope,our belief,our faith.we love you minor,but Jesus loves you more,rest in the bosom of our lord Jesus.
Posted by Toju Okoturo on March 26, 2021
Dearest Uncle Minor,

Half of my heart is heavy as I write this tribute about you, while the other half is thankful for the life you lived. I never thought i'd have to write a tribute about you so early. Honestly because of your physique and nature i would have voted you the most likely to live over 120 years in our family.

However, God had other plans. Who am I to question him or try to understand. For His ways are not our ways.

One thing i am grateful for is your name. Minor Tinsley. They say our name is the only thing we take with us when we die. Your name is one that people know for being disciplined, principled, kind, caring, Godly and free. You lived a life that evidenced all these qualities and even in death this is what we will remember you for my dear uncle. Thank you for the good name you gave my aunt and cousins.

Almost every time i saw you as a child or teenager you had a smile on your face and a camera in your hands. Always capturing every moment and living life free. You loved being around family and you so loved your girls. The best girl dad i know and a great husband to my aunt. How i wish i could rewind time to say a few things to you the last time i saw you on the cruise. To tell you about my life and seek your advice. But it is well. You are in a better place. Rest well Uncle.

I promise to always make time for those i love and to treasure every moment shared with family.

Thank you for all the love and care.
Posted by Pamela Okoturoh on March 25, 2021
What does it take to wear so many hats: Beloved husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Mentor, Friend, Teammate.........

It takes a Godly man with strength of character, a strong heart, sharp intelligence, a sanse of humor, and lots of compassion.

It takes Minor Tinsley, whose bright light will shine in our hearts forever. We love you Minor.
Sis Pam

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor pain, for the former things have passed away, behold, I make all things new.
Revelations 21: 4-5
Posted by Feltina Holmes on March 25, 2021
No Words can truly express the heaviness I felt when I heard the news that The Lord called you home so early.
What gives me peace of mind is that Minor was a man of god who oversaw his family and established his home upon God's living word.
The standard of Christ was greatly imparted into his girls. I know it will be hard for them to move forward in life but I have God's peace and assurance that they will not turn away from God's word instead lean upon it. And this above of all things I remember about Minor is what I hope those who knew him will remember. That he loved God. He loved his family. Friends loved him. And God said his journey on earth is completed.

Posted by Andrea Smith on March 25, 2021
Cousin Minor

It was a great shock when I heard the recent news of your transition. I will miss your bright smile, caring spirit and laugh that could fill an entire room, I will also miss your visits to my moms home to check on us.

I'm sure you are laughing and skipping joyfully right now. Please share a hug with my Mom-Aunt Celeste and Sister Linda when you see them walking around Heaven...

Love you and see you later when we meet again!
Posted by Steven Rigler on March 25, 2021
I was lucky enough to work with Minor for many years. He always had the biggest smile and greatest attitude. He was a pleasure to spend time with. We kept in touch after our work together ended. I will always consider him a good friend. I wish the best to his beautiful family. He surely will be missed.
Posted by Nkem Okoro on March 25, 2021
It was a great shock when I heard the sad news. I will miss your mischievous pranks and your outstanding sense of humor. There was never a dull moment around you. Hopefull you will make everyone laugh in Heaven. You were a very caring father and husband. A true gentleman is gone. I will miss you. Esther may God be with you and the whole family.
Nkem & Henrietta Okoro,
Rancho Cucamonga.
Posted by Nife Obey on March 25, 2021
Uncle Minor, I watched how you loved intensely and how you were loved with equal intensity.

You lived! You loved and you sure did laugh! And these three things I’m sure everyone who knew you will continuously remember.

I would miss your hugs. In my mind you were the official family photographer, always sneaking in photos whenever you could. Living in the moment! Let’s not forget our conversations on barbecue, God, Aunty Esther and life in general. There are many, many memories

I’m sure you’re still watching and teaching and this time the lesson is strength, togetherness and as usual love.







Posted by W E Williams on March 25, 2021
Brother Minor and I first met at a chiropractic seminar many years ago in fact his wife was pregnant with their first child and because we were the only 2 black chiropractors attending we spoke and from that moment on whenever I would travel to San Diego from San Dimas, we would get together to catch up - eat (boy did he love eating barbecue everytime) - talk about our love of music - and bend the truth (lie-both of us) as we laughed together. 
Every Holiday we would contact each other and just catch up.Most of the time playing phone tag or text tag.
Going to San Diego will never be the same without my brother, my colleeague, my barbecue eating - bend the truth in story telling (lieing), music loving friend!
May I say to his lovely wife - his beautiful children & those who loved Minor, as you mourn be sure to mourn in blessed peace because you were able to be touched by Minor's life and deeds.
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Posted by RKM White on April 10, 2021
My dearest cousin, Minor, you were a true blessing to many. The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the many good memories. You were a great role model to me. I especially thank you for always expressing the importance of education. As I grew older and created my own family you always told me to focus on my family because that was most important in life. Minor had a contagious laugh. If he wasn’t telling me a joke, using a funny voice or impression, then his laugh just made me laugh. Every single time I remember seeing him, he was making me laugh. I’ll always remember that. My prayers and deepest love to my cousins Esther, Tori and Roli. Love you Mr. Porcupine.
-Kiendra White, M.Ed (1st Cousin)
Posted by Tori Tinsley on April 4, 2021
We could not have asked for a better father, a better teacher, or a better advisor, and we are forever indebted to God for giving us you as my daddy. If you were a great father, then we know God has to be the Greatest Father. You led your life seeking to embody the Scriptures manual of how to be a good father, and you did well. You loved God, you loved the Scriptures, and thus, you knew how to be the best father to us. We now have two fathers in heaven, one earthly and one heavenly, and we want nothing more in life than to please both and bring smiles to their faces.

You have left your imprint in the hearts of people you loved. We see aspects of you in our mom, in Mama, in Auntie Cindi, and in us. We know that even though we are without you, in a way, we still have you. You seem a million lightyears away, but we have to remember you’re not too far away from us.

We love you Daddy so much, there is no one in the world like you, and We hope to see you again.

Love your bigg gurl and little gurl
his Life
Late in the evening hours of June 23, 1962 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, Minor Sr. and Anne Tinsley became the proud parents of their first child, a beautiful baby boy they named after his father, Minor Tinsley, Sr.

As a toddler and child, Minor was energetic, inquisitive and he loved talking, which often got him in trouble in the early part of his school years, however his talkative nature would one day become a characteristic God would refine and use for His glory. 

At the age of ten, Minor became a big brother to his sister Cindi. He was always attentive and loving to Cindi and the two of them shared a special and unbreakable bond until his passing.

In the early years of Minor’s life he enjoyed the special times he spent with his father and playing with his cousins. He was surrounded by family members who loved and supported him and his little sister, after the sudden passing of their father in 1977.

Minor accepted and surrendered his life to Christ at an early age.
Exposed to the teaching of God’s Word in his home and in church, Minor’s hunger for God’s Word increased, and as God’s Word penetrated deep within him, God began shaping and preparing him for the journey He had planned for him.

Minor’s family understood the importance of education and he was strongly encouraged to continue his education after completing High School.  With the influence of his father who held a PHD and his Uncle Charlie who has a MD degree, he was inspired to purse a profession in the medical field.

Minor received a BS and Master’s degree in Biological Science from UC Irvine in California and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC)  from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa.

In 1998 he began his practice as an Independent Chiropractor in San Diego and was a certified QME examiner for the State of California. Minor was also a member of the California Chiropractic Association (CCA), The National Board of Chiropractic Examiner (NBCE), and California Society of Industrial Medicine (CSIMS).

On July 15, 2000, he married the love of his life Esther Okoturo and to their union God graciously blessed them with two beautiful daughters, Tori and Roli. 

With all of Minor’s responsibilities as husband, father and practicing chiropractor, Minor remained a faithful and godly servant. He was a faithful and loving leader over his household, ensuring his family was taught to know the the ways of the Lord and to live their lives accordingly.  To extended family members and friends, Minor was respected and known as a leader who would take time to listen, give godly counsel and encouragement. 

Some of Minor’s favorite activities were sleeping, spending time with his family and playing pool. He enjoyed the lasting friendships he had developed over the years with his pool friends.

In the early morning of February 28th, God called Minor’s name and Minor answered His Savior’s call.
While we grieve the lost of our beloved Minor, we take courage from the of words of Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord."  


Minor leaves to forever cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Esther, his two daughters Tori and Roli, mother Anne Tinsley; sister Cindi (Keith); two adopted bothers, Steven Tedford and Jeremy McQueen; mother-love Elizabeth Okoturo; nieces 15; nephews 9; uncles 2; aunts 6 and a host of sisters/brothers-in-love, cousins and friends.

                                          Minor you will always be in our hearts.


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Shared by Ali Johnson on March 30, 2021
Uncle Minor was one of the most compassionate people that I know all of us are missing dearly right now. His charming smiles and the stories he told could easily make our family gatherings full of life. 

    I can fondly remember many times where we had shared our love of photography; He was the person that inspired me to start taking photos, so it always left a smile on my face when he would compliment my photos. At the last family gathering, I had spent the majority of my time speaking with him. He was funny, kind, and energetic, having a natural warmth about him. Although I didn’t know him all that well, I feel as though I connected with him through that one-on-one time we had

  Uncle Minor, thank you for all of the memories and the love that you shared with all of us. We hope that as we live on we can make you proud when you watch over us. You hold a special place in our hearts.
    

Lost for words

Shared by Keji Graham-Douglas on March 24, 2021
I’m still in shock, it’s too painful to even fathom... Uncle Minor was just a wonderful person, it’s his smile and his witty sense of humor that I will always remember. He loved my sister and his girls so so much they were his life and I thank God for that ❤️

Only God has the answers and we have to be obedient and learn to trust in him but it’s still hard, still so painful.. but uncle Minor is in a better place in the arms of the lord ... and we will miss him every day. 

I just pray to God that he wraps his loving arms around my sister and my nieces, that he comforts them And gives them the fortitude to bear his loss.